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Art changes everything, more Banksy than Opera these days,
CREATIVE STIRLING IS VALUE FOR MONEY
You can’t help but notice the impact this pioneering creative social enterprise has had on its home city. Quality independent shops in King Street are coming back and having a thriving scene for emerging arts and subculture based at No 44, has had a part to play in this. Since opening the creative hub incorporating our much loved Made in Stirling Store, we have put more than £234,000 into the local economy. Over £150,000 share of that total has gone directly into the pockets of local artists. We walk the talk for promoting ‘shop local’ both for the sake of impact on the environment and our first business principle of inward investment for our city to support creativity.
watch the video to hear more about it...
A CAMPAIGN TO SET CREATIVITY FREE IN OUR CITY.
Giving to this campaign will feed that energy. Make your donation currency that can set creativity in Stirling free to be part of all our lives, particularly for young people who need the kind of skills we help to develop, for the way society is changing. The world needs enterprising, innovating, creative problem solvers and entrepreneurs. This accessible, dynamic space that we are creating is a space where things will happen, where people in our community can make their own discoveries to shape the city’s future culture.
The Creative Stirling crew are brave and they want to be braver still, taking calculated risks that benefit deep and wide into our community requires not only guts, but some money as well. Art for All always, so why not unleash your Creative instincts and join us?
Recognition of our work comes from the diverse and eclectic group who make up our growing tribe of supporters who have helped us to find the courage to step up and establish this new creative space for Stirling. With the help of this burgeoning ‘crowd’ we want to carry on striving to ensure it is a success, because our supporters and our creatives understand our energy and know that our city will be better for it.
The famous Thistles Spider Slide exhibition and project...so much fun
VITAL CREATIVE SPARK
Creativity requires freedom to go beyond the everyday and mundane, to make our souls sing and our hearts chatter with joy. The constant battle for funding is not the way to keep the Vital Spark alight. Every year we waste energy and time trying to bend to fit an establishment that doesn’t have the room, a little more of that light does out.
Creative Stirling began by breaking the mould with a vision to be self-sustaining. Stepping away from reliance on public funding is another risk, but we are up for the challenge because we know that there are so many people out there who like what we do and who want to support us.
We are asking them to put something back into their community by putting some money into our crowdfunder, so that we can continue to create more real jobs and real opportunity, that meet real needs.
THE HUB HAS HELPED US FOSTER GREAT NEW PARTNERSHIPS
Sara MacMillan is setting up The Kitchen at 44, a community kitchen, cook school and tiny rooftop farm.
Stirling City Radio is in the process of building a broadcasting studio and live lounge recording booth.
Hannah Macintosh has set up a Ceramics Studio, you can come in and learn how to throw a pot, make a bowl a cup or just have a fantasy Ghost moment.
THE REASON WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
We know the impact we have is hard to see, unless you have already been into MIS or enjoyed one of our events or been involved with one of our projects, as we don’t have the money to do too much shouting about it, presently. But the impact we’ve had over the years on our community and the city centre and the lives of many artists and young people is meaningful and it’s real.
We may not have the lure of a children's charity or a loneliness project. Art doesn’t pull to your heart strings, it nourishes your soul and our societies are better for it, for the effect on all our wellbeing. Anyone who has come into contact with us, knows how deeply embedded in our community we have become over time. We need more people to understand that the impact of what we do now, can be so much more, by making room on our high street for art and more, to serve all of our communities. If you’d like to drop in to see what your funding would support do, Sam (in the video) or another one of the team will be delighted to give you a tour.
Be proud of your city, celebrate your culture, make volunteers feel loved, treat yourself, become one of our supporters and grow with us, it’s rewarding!
P.S You don’t have to choose your reward when you pledge, we appreciate there’s a lot to choose from. As a supporter/investor/member we promise to keep you up to date with rewards that become available! Or you can always just donate if you are lucky enough to be able to be that generous.
WHAT WE WILL DO
We need to do more to keep the wheels on, as we go full steam ahead with our plans and by opening up the rest of the building we can achieve so many more amazing things, but in order to do it - we need money.
We need electricians to give us better lighting and power sockets in the correct places. We need the basement and the first floor to look as amazing as the ground floor so that it’s somewhere people want to spend time. We’d like to paint walls and replace tired flooring, remove old shop fittings and smarten the place up.
Please help us to make our creative space at 44 King Street everything the people of Stirling want and deserve.
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